System space usage slowly increasing after 10.14.5

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  1. pinkoos macrumors 6502a

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    Hi

    Has anybody noticed that, after updating to 10.14.5, that their system space usage has slowly started increasing day by day?

    Mine increased by over 90GB over the course of a few days after updating to 10.14.5

    It seems a reboot of the Mac sets the system back down to what it was before (at least rebooting worked the last couple of times)

    Right now, my system has increased usage of SSD space by over 50GB since I last rebooted maybe 3 or 4 days ago

    I definitely did not have this issue prior to updating

    I also don't have Time Machine on nor use any kind of TM backups (I've read that TM can cause issues like this)

    Thanks
     
  2. Patrice Brousseau macrumors member

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    TM APFS snapshots maybe?
     
  3. pinkoos thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Even without using TM or having TM turned on?
     
  4. Patrice Brousseau macrumors member

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    I would think that Mojave does this automatically, even if TM is turned off. Please correct me someone if I'm wrong.
     
  5. jbarley macrumors 68040

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    Easy to check and see.
    In a Terminal window enter "tmutil listlocalsnapshots /", minus the quotes.
    This will list the snapshots if any.
     
  6. pinkoos thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Will try tonight when I'm back at home, thanks
     
  7. pinkoos thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I entered that code into Terminal and it didn't come back with any snapshots
     
  8. LuisN macrumors regular

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    Dropbox, Onedrive or other cloud service installed? Maybe it's downloading your photos library?
     
  9. pinkoos thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I have Dropbox but I don't store any photos (or much else) in there...maybe 3 or 4GB worth of stuff
     
  10. Honza1 macrumors 6502

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    Someone suggested some time ago here OmniDiskSweeper. Very useful when looking for large amount of used space...

    My "System" uses ~83GB of disk space for 10.14.5, which seemed quite a lot to me. So, I have been looking at what OminDiskSweeper finds and while there is some larger folders I do not understand why they are necessary, nothing extra crazy shows up.

    I assume that anything in system Library or my own Library (e.g., "Application support") counts in "System", other locations would be "System", "private", "usr", and probably "opt". These are all folders in root directory of system drive (my own Library is in my home folder).

    For example, my own Library has 22GB in it, and that contains Cache of iCloud, Mail, iOS backups,...

    I could probably empty over 20GB just by deleting Xcode and its support which is in system Library. I could trim another 20Gb or more by removing specific applications and its support stuff from System Library. Like GarageBand has 2.3GB of stuff there. Speech support (two languages) is 3.4GB. And so on. At some point I installed a single large "linux" package (LaTex) in usr/local and it is 5GB.

    So, combined with needed system files and needed support content, well, it can be 80Gb.

    I suspect the main problem we have here is that the "System" includes things a user may not consider "System" - like the iCloud cache etc.
     
  11. pinkoos thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Just checked my SSD and it was at 205 GB. I rebooted and it dropped down to 133 GB. The difference is related to how much System gets bloated before rebooting and then goes back down to normal levels after the reboot.
     
  12. pinkoos thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    So I think the culprit (or one of the culprits) was this:

    https://downlinkapp.com/

    It kept saving desktop png files over time, upwards of 30GB worth at one point

    I've since deleted that app and I think my problem is solved or at least mostly solved
     

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